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Travel back to 1988 and read about some of the headline stories from that year!

January 20. The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Drifters, The Supremes, and Bob Dylan are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The phantom of the opera by 1868-1927 Gaston Leroux

January 26The Phantom of the Opera opens on Broadway.

Neo-expressionism, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, dominated the art scene in the late 80s. Learn more about art in the 80s and particularly about Jean-Michel Basquiat with these resources. 

Basquiat by 1960-1988 Jean-Michel Basquiat
Basquiat : a graphic novel by illustrator 1965- Paolo Parisi

In 1988 the average gallon of milk cost $1.89, a dozen eggs was .65 cents, and pork chops were .40 a pound. And while eggs and milk are staples, what about exciting new food items...such as very sugary drinks! 

 

Below is a list of foods introduced in 1988:

 

McChicken by McDonald's

While the McChicken was originally introduced in 1980, its sales were disappointing. However fresh on the heels of the success of the McNuggets, the McChicken was re-introduced years later and found its tasty, breaded way into the hearts of consumers.

 

Lunchables by Oscar Meyer

Originally designed as a way for Oscar Meyer to sell more bologna and other lunch meat, the handily packaged Lunchable was introduced to Seattle markets in 1988. However, as a shift in attention changed concerning childhood obesity, the Lunchable quickly came under fire. Geoffrey Bible, former C.E.O. of Philip Morris (prior owner of Kraft Foods), remarked that he read an article that said: "If you take Lunchables apart, the most healthy item in it is the napkin."

 

Powerade by The Coca-Cola Company

In 1988 Powerade became the official drink of the Olympics. Powerade's main competition is Gatorade, which is manufactured by PepsiCo. Sadly, recent numbers show that Gatorade controls three-quarters of the market. 

 

Teddy Grahams by Nabisco

These delightful, bear shaped grahams (complete with belly button) were also introduced 1988. When first introduced, Teddy Grahams were available in honey, cinnamon, fruit punch, and chocolate flavors. Teddy Grahams sold more than $150 million worth in its first year. Take that, Oreo.

 

Diet Mountain Dew by PepsiCo

First introduced in 1986 as "Sugar-Free Mountain Dew," PepsiCo changed its name to Diet Mountain Dew and re-released it in 1988. Mountain Dew Code Red and Amped Energy Drink followed later. 

 

Pepsi Wild Cherry by PepsiCo

1988 was clearly a banner year for healthy drinks produced by PepsiCo. Its name, logo, and taste have been slightly modified over the years, but Pepsi Wild Cherry is considered a regular, permanent product.

What were you reading in 1988? Check out this list to jog your memory.

The cardinal of the Kremlin by 1947-2013 Tom Clancy

The mysteries and thrillers published in 1988 have had some staying power. The list below shows titles that are still of interest today, over 30 years later.

Everyone is stymied when two of Pickax's most prominent citizens are found murdered in their home. But even more puzzling to Qwill is Koko's sudden and unaccountable attraction to rubber cement.

Lightning by 1945- Dean R. (Dean Ray) Koontz
Also available in: audiobook

In the midst of a raging blizzard, lightning struck on the night Laura Shane was born. And a mysterious blond-haired stranger showed up just in time to save her from dying. 

Years later, in the wake of another storm, Laura will be saved again. For someone is watching over her. Is he the guardian angel he seems? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond all time and space?

 

The eighties were a time of patience and not one of instant gratification. Take the 80s TV shows. You actually had to wait a whole week and watch the next episode of Dallas to find out who shot J.R.?!  There was no such thing as binging on a TV series. Start binging on our collection of 80s TV shows for free.